Producer of the film Priyanka Dutt said that she declined the offer because she wanted the money to be used for the development of the state.

Mahanati producers decline Andhra govts tax exemption
Flix Tollywood Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 18:56

The makers of the biopic on late legendary actor Savitri are happy over the response for the film. Mahanti opened to packed houses early this month and has been doing well at the theatres. While, the movie buffs, celebs and critics have been raving about it, a pat in the back came for the team from none other than the chief minister of Andhra, N Chandra Babu Naidu.

The team was invited to the Secretariat and felicitated by the CM. Also, the CM offered tax exemption for Mahanati which the producers declined politely. On this, Priyanka Dutt, the producer of the film and daughter of ace producer Aswini Dutt said that her father declined the offer because he felt that the money should be used for the development of the state.

In this regard, she has been quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “We feel so honoured. The chief minister had decorated his party office with our film’s posters and invited press and guests, and spoke so well. This means more than the National Awards for us. Chandrababu Naidu sir hardly watches movies. He loved Mahanati. He hosted a special screening for his cabinet and told them that they have so much to learn from Savitri garu’s life. He also kindly offered tax exemption for our film which my father declined because he thinks the government needs that tax for development in the state.”

The biopic, based on the life of actor Savitri, had Keerthy Suresh playing the lead role. Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film also has Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni ,Vijay Devarakonda, Shalini Pandey and Prakash Raj in the star cast with a host of celebs making guest appearances. 

Meanwhile, Ten days since its release, the film has grossed a whopping Rs. 42 crore and counting worldwide. The film  has entered $2 million club at US box-office. It was produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt under the banner Vyjayanthi Movies.

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